Month: October 2011

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A warm, snuggly, weatherproof and goofproof stroller blanket

It’s that time of year again when we know the cold weather is near. Or for those of us in the northeast who already got dumped on this weekend–it’s already here. Sigh. Every winter, I spend no less than 30 minutes getting my son bundled and out the door. Now that I have a second baby to tend to, I’m really happy to have found a great stroller/carrier/car seat blanket that’s a cinch to attach. [don’t miss a great discount after the jump!] The new Cold Weather Pouch from Rain or Shine Kids is a multipurpose, powerhouse of a...

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A children’s book worth a thousand words

The Conductor is the kind of children’s book I’ve always adored having in our collection; it’s richly illustrated, with a story that kids can appreciate in different ways at different ages. It’s got another aspect I happen to like a lot too: there’s not a single word in it. French illustrator/artist Laetita Devernay’s beautiful skyscraper of a book tells the simple, illustrated story of a conductor who climbs into a grove of trees and orchestrates a symphony of flight when leaves turn into birds. (Or do they?) My youngest daughter likes the environmental cues, while my six year-old is...

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Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie: It’s alive! Again!

Everyone loves the heartwarming story of a boy and his dog. But when that boy is Victor Frankenstein and the dog is a reanimated but still loyal (and cute!) corpse, you know Tim Burton is involved. If you and your kids liked The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland, you might dig (up) Frankenweenie, too. If the story sounds familiar, it’s because Burton already made Frankenweenie— and it got him fired from Disney back in 1984. I remember it lovingly, as well as the short movie The Family Dog, which had the same hilarious bull terrier. Thanks to...

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Biscoff Spread – Yes, those airplane cookies, now in a jar. (Whoo!)

I was so glad to learn last year from all of you that I’m not alone in my obsession with Biscoff cookies. You know, the ones you secretly hoard from the plane. So when I heard that they’ve now got a spread that’s made from the cookies, hello! I just had to give it a taste test. I admit that the idea of a spread made from cookies did seem a little odd, but then I popped a spoonful into my mouth and I was completely sold. It’s not as sweet as you might imagine it would be, but...

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Prints charming

I feel like I fall in love with a new alphabet print every week. But when there are prints in the world as gorgeous as the Alphanimal Prints from Lucy Loves This, well, my infatuation is pretty easy to understand. I love that each letter of the alphabet is represented by an animal–or several–beginning with that letter. Kind of makes the print into a bit of a game for an older child. And I adore the monochromatic look of the blue and pink versions. But fear not, rainbow-lovers, for there’s a glorious multicolored version for you, too. While you’re...

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No more tears

My first two children were so easy to feed, I assumed it was due to my superior parenting (and cooking) skills that they would gobble down whatever I put in front of them without too much nose wrinkling. And then I had my son who humbled me and turned me into one of those crazy parents who beg their child to eat anything. So when I heard that Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, was coming out with a book to help us parents with picky eaters, I had only one question: Will this work with...

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By the Leather

Browsing on my daily shopping addiction, Fab.com today, I came across a fashion steal that not only called my name, it forcibly removed my credit card from my wallet, typed in some numbers, and clicked “buy now.” (I swear. That’s just how it happened.) The scrunch bracelets from Melissa Zook are just so very cool. This Brooklyn artist creates simple leather cuffs that come in either long or short, and scrunch around your wrist for a soft, supple accessory with just the teeniest bit of edge. I just love them for those days I’m a little blingier with the rings...

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3 Halloween apps for kids we love

Boy have we spent time at Cool Mom Tech this past week, culling down the throngs of Halloween themed apps for kids. Let’s just say there are a lot of people just throwing a pumpkin clip-art graphic into a counting app and calling it a “must have.” For those of you as picky as we are, click over and check out our cool Halloween apps for kids that we promise are the best of the best. They’re nice creative distractions for the kids this weekend, while you desperately try to dig up last year’s skull garlands from the back...

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Toms Shoes – they’re not just for summer

I am probably the last mother in all the land (or at least in Brooklyn) to discover just how comfy and awesome Toms Shoes are. But I don’t think I’m the last to assume that is the time of year that we put them in the back of the closet in favor of shoes you can actually wear with socks. I stand corrected. The Toms Shoes Wool Botas now come in kids sizes too, and they’d be equally adorable on boys or girls. I love the inner elastic that keeps them on without the help of the laces, and...

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